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How to Set Your Default Wireless Network in Windows 8.1
How to Set Your Default Wireless Network in Windows 8.1
12-09-2013 - 06:06 PM


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We already showed you How to Change Network Type from Private to Public and How to Delete Wireless Network Profile in Windows 8.1 that must be done at the command prompt. And I’m sure that it’s not all the tasks you might have to manage with your wireless network profiles.
Almost all of us have more than one wireless network profiles, and need to make one of them as the top priority network to connect to it automatically.
In Windows 7, just moving that network up in the priority list at the "Manage Wireless Networks" window you will get your answer.
In Windows 8.1 there is no GUI for users to perform this task; it is only available through the netsh command in the Command Prompt.
So this tutorial will introduce how to use that command not only to Set Your Default Wireless Network but also to Change the Priority Order of Your Wireless Networks.

Check Your Current Priority List
Step 1:
Press Windows logo key + X + to open the Command Prompt as an Administrator.
Step 2:
At the Command Prompt, type the following command to list all your wireless profiles:
netsh wlan show profiles

Set Your Default Wireless Network
Type the following command:
netsh wlan set profileorder name= ProfileName  interface= InterfaceName  priority= priority number
Please replace:
  • ProfileName: with the one that you want to set as default.
    InterfaceName: with the one displayed in the show profiles command above.

Now check the result. The profile “Son” now is moved to the first position in the list.


Change the Priority Order of Your Wireless Networks
You can also re-order the wireless profiles list using the same command format as in the task of setting default wireless network.
For example, I want to move my work office wireless profile called “hiennguyen” to the 2nd position in the list. Just type in the command prompt the following command:
netsh wlan set profileorder name= “hiennguyen”  interface=“Wi-Fi”  priority= 2


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(This post was last modified: 12-09-2013 06:18 PM by blackguy.)

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